A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
Thursday, Feb. 15
Symphonic Wind Ensemble: ‘A Divine Comedy’
7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton
$10; Students and staff $5
Take a trip through the afterlife with the The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota with this musical rendition of Dante Alighieri’s famous epic poem. Guests will experience “The Inferno,” “Purgatorio,” “The Ascension,” and “Paradiso” through this four-movement work, with each movement corresponding to a section of Dante’s literary classic.
Don't Miss: ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Everyone’s favorite French love story is back and more lively than ever in this exuberantly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s beloved story of not only love but acceptance and what it means to be a hero — whether you have a heartbeat or are made of stone. Runs through March 4.
If You Go
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Stone Hall: Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton
Tickets: $27 to $37
Info: Call 748-5875.
Great Escapes 4: ‘It’s Been Reel’
7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Orchestra is taking its patrons to the movies with this cinematic concert experience. Movies are often remembered for the scores they’re given — take “Gone with the Wind,” “The King and I” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” for example. One iconic song can help moviegoers remember a film for the rest of their lives, and that’s the reasoning behind this concert, which will feature music such as “Seventy-Six Trombones” from “The Music Man” and “La Violetera” from “City Lights.” Runs through Feb. 17.
8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
It’s time to get funky and break out your best dance moves for this performance by Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter George Benson. This master improviser and lively entertainer will keep the good times rolling with his unique mix of modern jazz and soulful blues.
Friday, Feb. 16
Vision Unbound Photography Exhibit
5 p.m. at Towles Court Artist Colony, 1938 Adams Lane
Free, but RSVP
Call 355-8808, Ext. 213.
Local nonprofit The Haven will join the Towles Court Artist Colony for its third Friday ArtWalk to celebrate the success and development of three Haven Photography Club students advancing their artistic potential. Nibble on desserts, sip sangria and enjoy the photography of The Vision Unbound Exhibit in the courtyard of Stephanie’s Hair Design Studio.
6:30 and 8:50 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.
Everyone has that brutally honest friend they can go to for an honest opinion. That’s Orny Adams — the only difference is he does it onstage to make people laugh. This endlessly energetic standup comic rotates his material between the relevant and the absurd, attacking what he thinks is wrong with both himself and the world.
Thunder by the Bay Late Night
8 p.m. at Brick’s Smoked Meats, 1528 State St.
Need a spot to hang after Thunder by the Bay? Check out some live music and toast to a good cause at Brick’s during every night of the festival. Two custom cocktails — the “Easy Rider” and “Rollin’ Thunder” — were created specially for the festival and are available now through Feb. 18. Suncoast Charities for Children will receive $3 from each drink ordered. Runs through Feb. 18.
Latin Social Night at Brasa and Pisco
9 p.m. at Brasa and Pisco, 8347 Lockwood Ridge Road
Free admission (no cover)
Turn up the heat on your Friday night with some Latin music, food and dance. Every second Friday of the month, Kery and Dario of DK Dance will offer a free Latin dance workshop from 9-10 p.m. at Brasa and Pisco. Enjoy drink specials and intoxicating beats by DJ Neon Tiger until 2 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17
2nd Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival
10 a.m. at Lido Beach, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive
Looking for some original handmade artwork to brighten up your home or office? You can find all that and more at this second annual art festival. Artists of multiple disciplines come from across the U.S. to sell works in the mediums of everything from painting, sculpture and ceramics to mixed-media, metalwork and woodworking. Runs through Feb. 18.
Brewery Camp Out 2018
7 p.m. at Big Top Brewing Co., 6111 Porter Way
$60 (only 20 spots available), $15 extra for breakfast
Grab your flashlight and your marshmallow-roasting stick, outdoorsy friends, because it’s time to camp at Big Top Brewing Co. Enjoy an acoustic fireside open jam, Holy Smokes Myakka BBQ and plenty of beer while you enjoy the great outdoors. Four campers are allowed per tent and each must be 21 or older.
‘The Tony Award Goes to ...’
7 p.m. at Braden River High School Auditorium, 6545 State Road 70 E., Bradenton
Free, register online
This evening of Broadway hits will get off to a dazzling start with a pre-concert performance by the Trombone Consort Ensemble at 7 p.m., Tap your toes along to the sound of The Manatee Community Concert Band playing favorites from “Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Phantom of the Opera” and much more.
‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet
7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.
$19 to $149
This iconic opera tells the tumultuous, passionate love story of a gypsy and a corporal by taking audiences on a trip through Seville, the mountains and the bullring where Carmen and Don José’s story changes forever.
Sunday, Feb. 18
3 p.m. at Allegro Music Academy, 241 Whitfield Ave.
It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to have a romantic rendezvous. Take your love and head to Allegro Music Academy to enjoy an afternoon with Russian and European romantic music with musicians Elona Krasavtseva and Nina Wegmann.
Monday, Feb. 19
Music Mondays: John Miller
Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning
10:30 a.m. at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road and 3 p.m. at Venice Presbyterian Church, 111 Firenze Ave. E., Venice
John Miller started his music career as principal double bassist with the Sarasota Orchestra in 1993. Today, he’s a dedicated virtuoso bass player and father who will speak about how he merges his family life with that of a busy working musician.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
7:30 p.m. at Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail
$15 to $30
FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training tells the story of Lucile, a poor young nanny enlisted by a group of privileged socialites to help present a production of a Marivaux play. This smart farce is also a dark, disturbing morality play. Runs through March 11.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Gil Shaham, violin, and Akira Eguchi, piano
7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail
$30 to $80
The Sarasota Concert Association will continues its 73rd season with Gil Shaham, violin, and Akira Eguchi, piano. Akira Eguchi is known internationally and will be joined by Grammy award-winner and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year Gil Shaham, violin virtuoso.